London Transport Museum is asking people to share their journeys to Pride and UK Black Pride events as part of a new contemporary collecting project to preserve and record the thoughts, feelings and experiences of people travelling to parades in 2019.
Objects currently in London Transport Museum’s collection that represent the LGBTQ+ experience include banners, posters, photographs and the first-ever rainbow crossing.
Now, supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Museum has launched a new contemporary collecting project that will preserve and record the social side of the story which these objects on their own cannot convey.
The project will give passengers, pedestrians and participants attending Pride events the opportunity to make their personal experiences part of the Museum’s collection.
People are being encouraged to take part in the collecting project by sharing their photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #MyJourneyToPride and by tagging @ltmuseum in the videos, photos and text they want to share.
The experiences of non-binary and transgender people are currently under-represented in the collection so material that is more inclusive of all genders is particularly welcome.
Ellie Miles, Documentary Curator at London Transport Museum said: “London’s transport has a part to play in bringing people together for Pride and we want to offer a space to preserve and record the thoughts, feelings and experiences of people attending parades this year.
“If you’re making your way to Pride or UK Black Pride, then let us know what is exciting about your journey. What does it mean to see flags and rainbows and banners as you travel through the Capital? Are you seeing more people heading the same way as you? How does the atmosphere change as you get closer to the events?”
London Transport Museum’s collection explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800.
Through contemporary collecting projects like #MyJourneytoPride the Museum wants to make sure that everyday stories and objects from life in London today are preserved for future generations.
Use #MyJourneyToPride and tag @ltmuseum to share your thoughts, photos and videos on social media.